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UVS Extras #1: Live Action Mario

Welcome back!

This is the first (test) installment of UVS Extras-- basically an all-system spin off of the User Video Showcase Featured at the 100% Nintendo DS Union.

As stated before, I actually do have a few goals in all of this:

  1. 1. To talk about even more videos. Always entertaining.
  2. 2. To shamelessly plug for entries to the DS User Video Showcase. The DS needs video love, people!
  3. 3. Other, more sinister plots that dare not speak their maniacal little names. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaa!

I also need to stress that because there are many more user videos available for consoles (and the PC) than there are for handhelds such as the DS, there is no way I'll be able to feature more than three a week. With that in mind, I'm going to limit my weekly dose of camp to a max of two per week, and call it done.

Another thing I'm going to stress is the same thing I say in nearly every UVS entry back at the base: UVS is my way of showing appreciation to the folks who take the time out to make videos for the general public of GameSpot to consume. If you like what you see, please leave comments and/or recommendations with the Users who created them. 

Truthfully, I love comments and secretly throw a private little Mardi Gras in my head every time I get one. However, the videos I feature in UVS are not mine, and I enjoy watching them just as much as the next person. So: give credit where credit is due. (It's good Karma!)

*Looks at her script* Am I done with all of that? Good.

The first video I'll mention is one that I keep finding over and over again completely by accident. In fact, it was this particular clip that made me ponder the idea of talking about non DS videos in the first place.

It features a video recording of a live theatre arts production at Gordon College (I can't figure out which one! Probably not the one in Pakistan, though.):  A 5 minute skit performing one of the many ways in which one can play Level One of the original Super Mario Brothers.  

With all of the comments and recommendations it already has, in all likelihood, you've probably already seen it. If not (or even if you have, but don't remember), you will now wrestle with the demons of  the video kingdom for about 1.5 seconds, as you decide whether or not to click the links immediately below:

Title: Live Action Mario
Game: Super Mario Brothers
User: spazzx625

I love this video because of its good humor and generally happy-go-lucky nature. There's nothing wrong and everything right with just wanting to have a good time. I'm fairly certain that everyone in the audience that day had played the original Super Mario Brothers as children-- It's part of why I believe audience participation went so very well, and why the skit was even performed in the first place. Great times, great games.

As a warning, this video has been re-posted to GameSpot several times. The video featured here, in fact, was taken from another website. In this case, I find it less important to locate the original poster than to simply show it off.

On a final note: Sometime tomorrow, I'll be posting this week's User Video Showcase winner at the 100% Nintendo DS Union. Stop by to see who has the edge! The showcases at the union are all-out competitions to find the single best DS related user video out of a supply of weekly entries that we either receive and/or dig up.

We're currently taking entries for fresh new clips--and someone to beat Shorty252 :P  (He makes some of the best montages this side of the moon!).

If you're interested, come see what we have in store! :D

We'll be looking out for ya'! 8)

UVS: Aint' No Party Like a Video Party...

...'cuz the video party don't stop. 8)

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The great folks down at the 100% Nintendo DS Union recently gave me the opportunity to begin a weekly series featuring Nintendo DS user videos.

In a bid for Unoriginality Award of the Year, I called it:  User Video Showcase (Ta-da!).

And so far, it’s been fun. Really fun.
I get to watch videos all week, and talk about them every Saturday. Some people get paid for doing things like this.

I’m doing it for free because I love my DS.

Regardless, my point is that I have a party, and you’re invited! In fact, I’m spreading the party to my blog.

While I’m out there braving the jungle that is GameSpot’s user video collection, I run into videos that I want to feature, but can’t. Many times, it’s because the videos involved have nothing to do with the Nintendo DS.

My goal at the union is to feature DS related videos, and to bring fame, fortune, and glory to the video creators. Therefore, non-DS videos don’t qualify.

…Until now. (I love saying that!)

I’ll be featuring other videos I come across here on a weekly basis, as well as making a regular shameless plug to submit videos to the User Video Showcase at the 100% Nintendo DS Union.

At the bottom of this post is a list of the current UVS features.  There’s also a link to entry procedures for anyone who’s interested in showing off for us.

Think you can beat the current set of winners? Think you have the skills? Think you have the right camera?

Think you have level 10? (It’s always good to check.)


Let’s rock!

Current Features

User Video Showcase #9: Elite Beat Agents (New!)
User Video Showcase #8: Nintendo Wi-Fi Montage (New!)
User Video Showcase #7: DS Montage
User Video Showcase #6: Star Fox Command
User Video Showcase #5: Metriod Prime: Hunters
User Video Showcase #4: DS Lite Animation
User Video Showcase #3: Final Fantasy III
User Video Showcase #2: Mario Kart DS
User Video Showcase #1: Ouendan and Electroplankton (Entry Procedure Here!)

The All System Fall-Winter Watch List-- Or: Game Lust In the Absence of Zelda.

Note: I am now editing my list, as I have a chance to see some preview films and such. Games no longer being considered are now in grey. Newly added games are in pink. 


Remember the last post, where I thought I'd have no new DS games until Zelda: Phantom Hourglass came out? Well... I spoke entirely too soon.

After some breathing excersises, clicking, and a lot of copy-pasting, I now have a list of games that I'm wanting to buy --or continue to research in order to make a decision to purchase later on-- for every system I currently own...minus the PC, because I can't afford the hardware upgrades. (Prey...Need... Prey...)

Of course, if I can't afford to give my computer several gig of memory and a new AGP video card, then I really shouldn't be able to afford all these games; Right?

Well... Maybe it's just because I don't really use my PC for gaming hardly ever at all...


...Except in rare cases. :oops:

Well, here it is: My

All-System Fall-Winter Watch List*!

*(Minus PC.)


Pirates: Legend of the Black Buccaneer
Release Date: Aug 8, 2006

The King of Fighters 2006
Release Date: Aug 22, 2006

Dance Factory (I like dancing games. I like my music collection. My music + dancing game= ?)
Release Date: Aug 29, 2006

Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer
Release Date: Aug 29, 2006

World Pool Championship 2007 (I love pool. I hope this game is ok.)
Release Date: September 2006

Release Date: Sep 5, 2006

Yakuza (I may not like this one...)
Release Date: Sep 5, 2006

Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria
Release Date: Sep 26, 2006 

Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA (*Sigh*)
Release Date: Sep 26, 2006

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
Release Date: Oct 10, 2006

Final Fantasy XII (pre-ordered, already)
Release Date: Oct 31, 2006

Guitar Hero II (Guitar Hero looks really fun. Another guity pleasure)
Release Date: November 2006


Summon Night: Swordcraft Story

Release Date: Jul 26, 2006

Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation
Release Date: Aug 8, 2006

Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2
Release Date: Q4 2006

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2
Release Date: Q4 2006

Yggdra Union  (No decision needed here! This one is getting pre-ordered.)
Release Date: Q4 2006

Final Fantasy V Advance (pre-order)
Release Date: Nov 6, 2006

Final Fantasy VI Advance (pre-order)
Release Date: TBA 2006


Deep Labyrinth

Release Date: Aug 15, 2006

Konductra (this might be a flop with me...)
Release Date: Aug 15, 2006

Cooking Mama
Release Date: Aug 29, 2006 

Touch Detective
Release Date: Q4 2006

Release Date: Sep 19, 2006

Lunar Knights
Release Date: Q4 2006

Children of Mana
Release Date: Oct 30, 2006

Final Fantasy III (pre-ordered)
Release Date: November 2006

Elite Beat Agents
Release Date: Nov 6, 2006

Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Release Date: Q4 2006 

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All  (Not a Q4 release, but still very notable. This is getting pre-ordered to avoid the craziness that happened last time...)
Release Date: Q1 2007

"All Your Game Are Belong To Us"

...and not to me. :cry:

It seems that the release date for Zelda has been pushed back....So while the rest of you wallow in new game euphoria this fall, I will be here idling away my time with only one new DS game on my 2006 buying list: Final Fantasy 3.

So sad.

Well, perhaps I'm overexaggerating: I'm going to have to check up on my other games... I'm really anxious about Cooking Mama and Touch Detective...

DS Friend Codes

I'm a big fan of the Nintendo DS. I'm also a fan of games that use internet Wi-Fi play well.

Here are my friend codes. If you decide to use them, leave me a message and maybe we can play sometime!

Animal Crossing
Friend Code:
Wi-Fi name: Seigun
Town name: Amberton
My current activity: medium

Mario Kart DS
Friend Code:
Wi-Fi name: Seigun
Snake: never
My current activity: medium